Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

A Rabbi, Priest and a Monk Meditate with Our Clients Instead of Go into a Bar: Expanding Our Perspective of Spirituality-Integrated Mental Health Care

  • 08/19/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • LA-CAMFT Members (Login Required)
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members (Must enter name of chapter)
  • CSCSW Members (Must enter code to register)
  • Non-Members
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LA-CAMFT August 2022
including Q&A

Friday, August 19, 2022
9:00 am-11:00 am

11:00-11:30 am (optional)
Participant Announcements

Via Zoom

2 CEUs

A Rabbi, Priest and a Monk Meditate with Our Clients Instead of Go into a Bar: Expanding Our Perspective of Spirituality-Integrated Mental Health Care

Ann Marie Yamada, PhD and Adrienne Cedro-Hament, LCSW, BCD

This presentation highlights the value of integrating a broadly conceptualized notion of spirituality in clinical practice. Over a decade of work has supported the development of promising practices to enhance the capacity for clinicians to use their own practices of meditation, prayer and other forms of spiritual engagement to support therapy and to meet the spiritual beliefs, needs, and practices of clients and their families.  Participants will be introduced to assessment tools to elicit clients’ religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. Presenters will encourage participants to challenge ethical and legal misconceptions that limit their recognition of the value of spiritual practices such as mindfulness meditation for working with persons from diverse multicultural communities. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply a working definition of spirituality in a mental health context.
  2. Identify one tool to assess spirituality in clinical practice.
  3. Distinguish two spirituality-infused practices.
  4. Describe the value of mindfulness meditation to address and respond to the mental health needs of immigrants, under-represented ethnic group members and poor, limited English proficient speakers, and those in rural areas.

Ann Marie Yamada, PhD, is associate dean of inclusion and diversity and associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She participates as an academic collaborator/evaluator for the LA County Department of Mental Health’s Spiritual Care Program and the Faith-Based Advocacy Council. She is a member of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work. Her research involves collaboration with public-sector mental health centers and faith-based organizations to evaluate, develop or adapt services to serve as sources of culturally appropriate mental health support.

Adrienne Cedro-Hament, LCSW, BCD, received her M.A. from USC. As a former employee of the LA County Department of Mental Health, she coordinated the Annual Clergy Conference and formed the Clergy Academy as part of the Department’s outreach to faith communities. She has volunteered as a member of the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese. As a community advocate, she champions issues of underserved communities and leads major county initiatives to enhance the capacity for faith-based organizations to support individuals at risk or living with mental illness. 

For more information, contact Di Wilson or Leanne Nettles.

Licensed Therapists, Associates, Students, & Related Professionals

Event Details: 
Friday, August 19, 2022, 9:00-11:30 am
8:30-9:00: Check-In
11:00-11:30 am  (optional) Participant Announcements

9:00: Meeting Begins
11:00 Presentation and Related Announcements End
11:30 (optional) Participant Announcements
11:00 Meeting Ends

Online Via Zoom

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$25 for LA-CAMFT Members
Other CAMFT Chapter Members
CSCSW Members
$35 for Non-Members

2 CEUs Provided

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CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 2 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form and must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Di Wilson, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Di Wilson, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Grievances: Program Administrator, Valerie "Billie" Klayman, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

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